Between stays in the hospital, Ryan Howard returned to the ballpark and hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run to put the Phillies ahead in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Orioles in Philadelphia. The Orioles promptly scored three in the top of the ninth for the win. So went a miserable 1-8 homestand for a team that gets tough love in the best of times from its fans.

The good news is a majority of voters in SportsNation, including majorities in both New York and New Jersey, still expect the Phillies to win the NL East. The better news? At least if you're the Phillies, it's that they don't play at home again until the Mets come calling next month.


The Brewers losing, again, made the Cubs win even SWEETER! Good to see them FINALLY giving Wells good run support! Hopefully, that'll continue. Gregg has looked pretty good, lately. Maybe Hendry did know what he was doing, there. Sucks that Guzman's going on the DL, though.

-- IlliniDave68

THAT'S IT, I HAD IT!!!! I want changes. This is pathetic. 1-8 in a homestand is inexcusable. I don't care if there's a lineup change or if they bring someone up in the minors to replace someone, I want changes and I want them NOW!!!

-- PADR321

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